State Sen. Jose Serrano, speaking above, was one of the public officials in attendance at the Bronx LGBTQ Center's press conference to address the recent spike of hate crimes against the community. (Photo via YouTube video of Serrano speaking)

Bronx LGBT Community Fights Against Hate, for Embattled Pride Center

Bronx, Government, In the News, LGBTQ, Media June 12, 2013 at 2:00 pm

After a tough year, the newly reopened Bronx Community Pride Center held its first press conference where local officials and advocates discussed the recent spike in violence against the community, reports Hunts Point Express.

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Queens Council District Most Diverse

Communities, Government, Immigration, Queens, Voices' Picks June 11, 2013 at 1:55 pm

Queens Courier reports that City Council District 23 of northeastern Queens is the most ethnically diverse district in the city, according to its representative Councilman Weprin, who acknowledged that it comes with some challenges.

In 13 years as Brooklyn borough president, Marty Markowitz has been a tireless, media-savvy cheerleader for the borough, including the controversial Atlantic Yards development. (Photo by Azi Paybarah, Flickr Creative Commons License)

In Marty Markowitz Tenure, a Cautionary Tale

As Marty Markowitz’s third term as Brooklyn Borough President comes to an end this year, voters having to decide who will succeed him are left with many open questions about his legacy, and even the function of the job.

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Immigrants Pay Billions More Into Medicare Than They Take Out

Government, Health, Immigration, Labor June 3, 2013 at 12:23 pm

A recent study has found that between 2002 and 2009, immigrants contributed a cumulative total of over $115 billion more to Medicare than they took out, reports Colorlines, while those born in the U.S. generated a deficit of $28.1 billion.

School bus drivers, mechanics and matrons protesting during their strike last February in New York City. Months later, they tktk (by Michael Fleshman, Flickr Creative Common License)

Months After Bus Strike, Workers Remain on Edge

The month-long bus strike that left 152,000 students without transportation to school in January has left many bruised feelings and unresolved issues that the next mayor will have to contend with.

Teetering Support for an NYPD Inspector General

Teetering Support for an NYPD Inspector General

Considering the widespread criticism of the city’s stop-and-frisk policy, as well as the unchecked surveillance of Muslim residents, some have called for an inspector general to oversee the NYPD. In this article, originally published in the Amsterdam News on April 11, city officials and mayoral candidates explain their reasons to support or oppose the idea.

Immigrant-Run Worker Co-op Program Wins ‘Innovative’ Award

Immigrant-Run Worker Co-op Program Wins ‘Innovative’ Award

Business, Government, In the News, Labor, Latino May 28, 2013 at 3:27 pm

A Brooklyn non-profit that helps develop worker-run cooperatives to help immigrants build their own small businesses is one of two groups recognized with the first NYC Innovative Nonprofit Awards, designed to identify new ideas to reduce poverty.

Fortunata Kasege at home in the Bronx. (Photo by Amy Lieberman via Women's eNews)

Plenty of Hurdles Remain 3 Years After Repeal of HIV Entry Ban

Government, Health, Immigration May 23, 2013 at 6:25 pm

While the ban on HIV-positive entrants to the U.S. has been lifted, it hasn’t eased the lives of immigrants with the virus, including the two profiled by Women’s eNews.

John Chen, an undocumented immigrant, shared his experiences at an immigration reform briefing on immigration reform at the Museum of Chinese in America in Chinatown. (Photo by Ai Xiang Wang via World Journal)

Chinese Weigh In on Reform: Family or Employment-based Visas?

East Asian, Government, Immigration, In the News May 23, 2013 at 2:58 pm

When it comes to immigration reform, World Journal reports that the Chinese community is divided between supporting an increase in visas for high-tech immigrant workers or maintaining the number of visas allotted for overseas family members of Americans.

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Food Stamp Users Spending More on Farmers’ Markets

Food, Government, In the News, Latino May 23, 2013 at 10:08 am

The use of food stamps to purchase fresh produce from farmers’ markets has increased by 30 percent, particularly in predominantly Latino neighborhoods, reports El Diario-La Prensa.

In Vito Lopez Saga, Resignation is Not Enough

In Vito Lopez Saga, Resignation is Not Enough

Brooklyn, Government, In the News, Politics, Queens May 22, 2013 at 11:52 am

After Assemblyman Vito Lopez resigned from his seat after being accused of sexual harassment, El Diario-La Prensa, The Brooklyn Daily Eagle and The Home Reporter News weigh in on the once-powerful Brooklyn politician’s fall from grace.

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio introduced a proposal that would issue a city ID for undocumented immigrants. (Photo by Latima Stephens/CUNY Photo Wire)

City, State Officials Push for ID for Undocumented

Government, Immigration, In the News May 20, 2013 at 12:37 pm

El Diario-La Prensa reports in two separate articles on efforts at the state and municipal levels to issue IDs for undocumented immigrants.

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Despite Gov’t Clampdown, Chinese Still Send Baby Formula Back Home

East Asian, Government, Health, In the News May 16, 2013 at 4:21 pm

Safety concerns over baby formula in China has led residents to ask family and friends abroad to ship them cans of powdered baby milk. Chinese officials have responded by tightening import regulations, but relatives in New York are undeterred, reports World Journal.

State Sen. José Peralta said that he is not under investigation and that there was nothing inappropriate in his conversations with Shirley Huntley. (Photo by Humberto Arellano via El Diario-La Prensa)

I’m Not Under Investigation, Says Queens Boro Prez Hopeful

Elections 2013, Government, In the News, Politics, Queens May 14, 2013 at 2:32 pm

State Sen. and Queens borough president hopeful José Peralta emphatically told El Diario-La Prensa that he is not under investigation. The clarification comes after his name was included in a list of officials who were secretly recorded as part of a corruption investigation.

Dominicans in the waiting room at the new health window at the Consulate General of the Dominican Republic (Photo by José Acosta via El Diario-La Prensa)

Mixed Response to Health Window at Dominican Consulate

Dominican, Government, Health, Latino May 9, 2013 at 2:54 pm

The Dominican consulate in New York will act as a facilitator between the uninsured and healthcare providers, reports El Diario-La Prensa. It’s good news for some in a community where many don’t have health insurance but for others, it’s just a “political ploy.”